At the time he asked me this, we were 5 hours into the workshop, so I had gotten to know him a good bit. Now, I should point out that the workshop was aimed at teaching people how to interact & connect with their subjects...yet all during the day, he was asking nothing but technical questions. SO technical, in fact, that sometimes I simply had no answer.
I later learned that he has a career in network administration & programming. To be honest, I thought it went hand-in-hand with the sterility of his photography (not that everyone who works in an IT field are passionless automatons, mind you...but it made sense, in his case).
So in a continuing effort to understand him, and perhaps awaken the inner artist that remained hidden in him, I started asking what his passions in life were. He thought about it for a while, but honestly couldn't come up with a solid answer.
I then said to him, "Name 5 songs that can bring tears to your eyes".
To which, he said, "I doubt I could even name one".
"Well, there is your problem", I said.
The poor guy simply could not...feel. I cannot even begin to imagine what that Empty Void must be like. I sometimes curse myself for feeling too much...but I wouldn't change that about me. It fuels what I do.
He asked me, "can you name 5 songs that do that?".
I responded with, "I can name hundreds".
Here's my Top-5, as of lately:
- "There is None", by The Working Title
- "Matching Weight", by Trespassers William
- "Put a Record On", by Unkle Bob
- "Carry Me Ohio", by Sun Kil Moon
- "Say When", by The Fray
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